Journey Inward- The Big Silence Retreat- January 19-22,2020
Facilitated by Revs. Jonathan Brake & Dianne Lawhorn
We are all on a spiritual journey in this life, but so much of our journey is spent outside of ourselves. How often do you get away from the distractions of this world to find a holy place within? When was the last time you just hung out with God with no expectations whatsoever? Maybe it’s time for you to journey inward at The Big Silence Retreat. Start the New Year with a different kind of experience.
Through Henri Nouwen’s guidance in The Way of the Heart, this retreat clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping stones:
- Solitude (learning not to be alone, but to be alone with God)
- Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive)
- Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart).
Here’s what former participants had to say about The Big Silence:
“Here was another step along life’s journey toward knowing God and finding my own place and purpose in the kingdom of God here on earth.”
This was a blessed time apart to experience God’s presence: a sacred space simply to be with God in rest and peace, to listen for God’s voice and know God is with me.”
“In the first 24 hours, I had a profound realization of my own brokenness. But in the second 24 hours in solitude and silence, I began to hear God’s voice of love, calling me beloved. My spirit gained a sense of belonging and wholeness that I had not felt in a long time.”
“The extended time to be alone in a spiritual experience, the journey toward God, yet along with others seeking the same. “